Wednesday, 16 August 2017

A Holiday in Dordogne - Part 1

Hey guys! So yes, I'm finally sharing my photos from Dordogne, and let me tell you, it wasn't easy to select just a few! I've organised them in three parts (just thought I'd warn you straight away!) and here's the first one.

We arrived at Le Camping Les Charmes, close to Sarlat-la-Canéda on a Saturday, and after almost 7 hours driving, we were quite happy to take it easy and stay close to the pool. And because the weather on Sunday wasn't really nice, we decided to just spend some family time at the campsite and eat loads of food. But on the Monday, it was time to explore as the sun was showing its face (finally!) and we were itching to go on little adventures.

The photos above are from our afternoon at Les Eyzies, a beautiful town built on a cliff, where searchers have found plenty of prehistoric remains, which is what the town is known for. We didn't go to any museums there as we preferred to walk around, taking photos and looking at all the local products the artisanal shops had to offer (one thing is for sure, we DID NOT lose weight during this trip!).

In the morning, my brother and I took Jason to a site that I always love visiting: La Roque St Christophe. More photos below!

Obviously the photos don't really do it justice as you really have to be there to apprehend the immensity of it all, but I had to share it with you! Promise me you'll visit it if you're around the area one day.

Its story is fascinating as the natural caves have been used from the prehistoric times up to the Renaissance. During medieval times, it was a fortress which was destroyed by the English, and rebuilt as a fully working village of more than a hundred people. There was even a church!

The only thing my brother was sad about is how very few structural remains there are on the site and we all think that if the fortress was still there, it would have been really impressive to visit.

Canoeing! One of the highlights of our holiday. I don't think I need to tell you which company we used as you can't miss it on the back of my life jacket! We went for it mostly because the 14km stretch that they suggest let us do a lot of sightseeing of the landmarks on the edge of the river Dordogne, but also because the canoes look like Pocahontas' one and I felt super cool in it.

We were just passing La Roque Gageac when Jason snapped these photos and it was still quite early in the morning so I kept my denim jacket on at the time.

Thomas was in an individual kayak and because he was always quicker than us, he often had to wait! Not that he was complaining, he was actually quite happy to relax on the water :)

We also saw the Château de Castelnaud far away (which is still on my bucket list!) and Beynac. I think it took us a bit more more than 3 hours to do the 14km, but to be honest, we had a few breaks and we were really just taking it all in instead of rushing through. I think that's the best thing to do and it was such a great experience!

Stay tuned for part 2 of the trip, where I'll be sharing some photos of a walk at a local market, a visit to some beautiful gardens on top of a hill and much more :)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Yay Friday! + A little update

Hey guys! How's your August going so far? I can't believe how time is going by so fast lately. We came back from our much needed holiday on the 8th, and although we've only been working three days this week, we're quite happy to welcome the end of Friday!

Dordogne was so beautiful, sunny and hot (most of the time!), and I have so many photos I'd like to share with you! I think I'll have to separate them in two or three posts. Just thought I'd warn you now! I haven't had the time to sort through them yet though, but I know we took loads and I think that'll be my task for Sunday.

I've been to Dordogne a few times when I was younger, and I absolutely love this part of France, so it was extra special to bring Jason this time and visit beautiful sites with him. I think he enjoyed it ;)

Anyhow, life has been a bit full on for me lately, and I've had to deal with a lot of self-doubt and anxiety in the past months. During this holiday, I've had time to properly switch off, relax, and let go of any negative thoughts. It was exactly what I needed. I've come back more motivated than ever to do great work and create more for fun. There are so many personal projects I'd like to get on with and that I feel I never have the time for, but it's all up to me to make room for them, and I'm determined to do it.

I'm still battling with the whole thing of putting too much pressure on myself sometimes (see previous post here), and I feel that I'm getting better at it now. I still get overwhelmed with different situations and projects I've been working on, but since May, I'm really trying to step back and look at the situation a different way instead of letting it overwhelm me too much. It doesn't help when you get an email from somebody criticising your work just for the hell of it when you're back from your holiday! But you know what, it's not worth taking time to think about it too much and I'd rather concentrate on the good stuff.

I would be curious to know if you're a creative too and have been struggling with similar issues? How do you deal with it? I would love to discuss it with you guys. To be honest, without my boyfriend Jason, I don't think I would manage really well sometimes :)

Right, I think I've talked enough for today, so I'll let you enjoy your weekend! We're going to the cinema tonight and tomorrow we have an amazing light and sound show at the Abbaye de Bon Repos. Can't wait!

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Birthday weekend in l'Île aux Moines!

As my birthday this year was on a Wednesday, we decided to celebrate it early during a little weekend getaway in l'Île aux Moines. I've explored parts of the island before but it was a long time ago and even though I knew it's a nice place to visit, I forgot how beautiful it was! Well, I guess the fact that it was hot and sunny during the whole weekend helped a lot ;)

Looking at hotels on the island, we realised how super expensive it was to stay for the night there, so we booked a lovely AirBnB only 10mins away from Port Blanc (the main port where you can get a really quick boat ride to the island). There's a massive free car park close to the port, and with a return ticket only costing 5€ per person, we knew it was the cheapest option!

We found it quite nice to get there by boat. It really felt like an adventure! We spent all Saturday on the island, with a picnic in hand for lunch, and we had a really nice birthday meal at La Ptite Souris in Vannes in the evening (20mins away from our AirBnB). It felt like such a long day!

We came back on Sunday quite early in the morning to beat the crowd and it was just SO lovely. We decided not to rent bikes as we like to just walk around at our own pace, taking as many photos as we feel like.

One thing I couldn't get over with is how beautiful and unique the houses are on the island and I couldn't help but dream about buying one of them one day! Also, there were colourful flowers everywhere and I just went a bit crazy with the photos. Don't worry, I'm not sharing even half of them with you :)

We walked a lot to get to different points of the island and we enjoyed every minute! We really liked stopping by the Pointe du Trec'h (far north) and we couldn't miss the Cromlech (neolithic site with remaining standing stones). We were helped with plenty of water and of course, a delicious meal at La Chaumière for lunch. My goodness, I could plan another trip to l'Île aux Moines JUST to eat more of their galettes and crêpes!

We used the coastal paths as much as we could and it's the best way to get around the island if you're looking for the best views!

Although we didn't have our swimsuits with us, the water was too inviting not to put our feet in to refresh ourselves a bit. We found a small beach that felt really private even though it was a bit crowded, but unfortunately, I can't remember its name!

Also, I had to include a photo of one of the painted mailboxes. So many people seem to paint theirs on the island and this one was the prettiest we found.

We've been quite stressed lately and this short weekend away was really needed. I felt relaxed and I was just enjoying the moment and going with the flow for once. And we're now getting ready for a week off in Dordogne with my family and I CANNOT wait! A weekend away was great but a week away, well, let's say it will be really really appreciated. Make sure to follow our adventures on my Instagram account!